The Urban Forests of Utility Corridors May 22 at Zoo Atlanta

Thousands of acres of powerline rights-of-way offer opportunities to implement meaningful conservation activities.  GUFC’s second quarterly educational program will be held on May 22, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Ford Room at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue, SE, Atlanta, and is sponsored by the Georgia Power Company, Northwest Region.  We’ll hear from Georgia Power foresters and arborists about their recycled vegetation use for zoo animals as well as biology and species protection projects such as their butterfly project and their mapping of gopher tortoise burrows in transmission corridors. A top priority at Georgia Power is to remain compliant with all applicable regulations, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and The Clean Water Act.  We’ll also listen to a panel discussion about cultivating relationships; cooperative efforts between municipalities, nonprofits, and utilities (Savannah case study); and dealing with conflict. We’ll also learn about the Energy Saving Trees program, participated in by utility companies and EMCs. Speakers: Mark Wachter, Kym Stephens, Bill Haws, and Jim Ozier of the Georgia Power Company and Robert Seamans, City of Statesboro.  Lunch is included.  The first 75 people to register receive a free ticket to tour the zoo!

CEUs:  ISA certified arborist: 3.75, Municipal Specialist: 3.75, BCMA – Management: 3.75, Utility Arborist:  3.75.  Continuing Forestry Education Credits: 3.5, category 1. A certificate of professional development will be available for landscape architects and others.

A limited number of scholarships are available for utility vegetation managers and staff.  Download application form here.
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Next Arborist Certification Review Class is June 11-12 in Alpharetta

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?
The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Susan Russell and Rob Swanson on June 11 and 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (both days), at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA.  Susan and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.
STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at and An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam.
SCHOLARSHIPS:  The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA-certified arborists.  Click here to download a scholarship application.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS will be available for those taking the class as a refresher course:  ISA certified arborist:  13.5.
LUNCH is included on both days.
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